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PhD Studentships

For the academic year 2016-17 (start date 1 October 2016) the deadline for applications has now passed.

Funded studentships for the academic year 2017-18 are likely to be advertised in January 2017. In order to be considered for a full-time funded studentship, your application must be based on one of the advertised projects. Examples of projects recently advertised are listed further down.

The studentships are based at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes. The studentships cover tuition fees, a generous research training support grant and you will receive a stipend (circa £14,296 per annum) for 36 months.

Applications must include the following:

Applicants for the PhD programme should have minimum qualifications of an upper second class honours degree 2:1 (or an equivalent) plus 120 credits of research methods training or ideally a Masters in Research Methods (MRes).

Examples of recently advertised studentship topics include:

Accounting and Finance

People and Organisations

Public Leadership and Social Enterprise

Strategy and Marketing

Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL)

Anthony Nutt PhD Scholarship: Driving voluntary sector leadership research through PhD studentships

Further information

If you have any questions regarding our PhD studentships or about studying with the Open University Business School please contact

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